Whereas, the American Council of the Blind has long been on record as supporting the position that the Social Security Disability substantial gainful earnings cliff should be replaced with a gradual earnings slope, whereby Social Security Disability benefits would be reduced on a formula of one dollar of Social Security Disability benefits subtracted for every two dollars earned by a beneficiary, above and beyond the substantial gainful activity levels; and
Whereas, this issue has received little legislative attention during the past several years but is now emerging in Congress; and
Whereas, anticipated deficits in the Social Security Disability Trust Fund will likely dictate that changes in benefits provisions may be required;
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the American Council of the Blind in convention assembled on the 10th day of July, 2015, at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, Dallas, Texas, that this organization renew its support for the replacement of the Social Security substantial gainful earnings cliff with a one-dollar reduction in benefits for every two dollars earned formula; and
Be it further resolved that the two-for-one formula should only be applied to earnings that exceed the existing or future substantial gainful activity thresholds.
Ray Campbell, Secretary